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"in the movie, it's rumoured to be the cause of the collapse of society..."
I missed that - but I think that's because I was just sitting there agog at all the plot silliness.The message in Book of Eli is clear - the Bible is a hugely important book and is defended by some supernatural force which allows Eli to shoot with the accuracy of a sniper, at blinding speed while being unable to see; not to mention his superhuman memory.I read a lot of screenplays - and that takes suspension of disbelief into uncharted territories beyond the ones explored in "The Last Airbender".
Hey, egan, it's not ageism; it's being aware of an as yet incomplete education. Besides, we're not judging your comments by your age; we're judging your maturity by your comments. And the other bit isn't censorship; it's a joke about the often vague and sometimes invisible line between reality and fiction. Of course, as an atheist, I doubt that there's anything in the KJV worth preserving--except for the Shakespeare reference in Psalm 46, the Book of Job (which believers always seem to muddle), and Ecclesiastes, which Herman Melville once called "the fine, hammered steel of woe."
Rakesh Kanuri: Thanks for the suggestion, but I doubt that there's a loose connection; other disks work fine, and other programs work fine. About halfway through an attempt to install Win XP Home, the laptop freezes. Could there be a conflict between XP and Vista? (There seem to be conflicts between Vista and everything else.) Microsoft sure missed the boat on that one; they should give all Vista owners a free copy of Win 7.
Regarding the whole Book of Eli thing. If the filmmakers think that delivering the KJV to a small surviving community of intellectual guardians of knowledge is a good thing, they are wrong. If I had known Eli was carrying the last surviving copy of the KJV, I would have invaded the movie set and burned it myself. I don't remember the ending exactly, but is he not speaking from memory when dictating the book? If he is blind, wouldn't he be reading the Braille?
Films, like books, don't always say what the director thinks they say. In literary studies, we discarded authorial intention with the New Criticism of the 1930s. Meaning is a collaboration between writer and reader or between filmmaker and viewer. No author or director can totally control the meaning of a work, so interviews with directors or actors are not the final word on the meaning. But then, there is no final word save in the minds of unsophisticated critics.
It was fun reading this, um, stream. I've learned that disagreement constitutes an ad hominem attack, and that the vast majority of atheists are irrational trend followers. It's amazing what we can learn from the younger generation.
With my computer to TV problem--the sound remains too low to hear through the HDMI connection--a friend suggested I open the sound in control panel and configure it to carry sound over HDMI. Couldn't access sound controls; rundll32.exe is missing. So I tried to install a Win XP Home edition I had lying around over Vista, but it would begin the install, then cut to the blue screen of death. Vista makes it pretty hard to do much of anything; I hate it, but it came with the laptop. So earlier today I said the hell with it and ordered a Roku streaming box. I may test the aerodynamics of the laptop over a large body of water.
Actually, cutesy Brad self rated himself the opposite ratio :) But said NO NO NO to gods and spirituality, pretty clear, no matter how he chooses to add'em up :)
There are a few 'spiritual atheists' who've commented positively about the TToL on IMDB, but they are few and far apart. The film overwhelmingly reeks of Christian symbolism, mixed in with a little metaphor of outerspace as innerspace BS. I think it ties in nicely with recent discussions on various atheist forums regarding "spiritual atheists".
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